Nutritional assessment and intervention in children with cerebral palsy: a practical approach

Elena Scarpato, Annamaria Staiano, Massimo Molteni, Gaetano Terrone, Alessandra Mazzocchi, Carlo Agostoni

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is associated with the presence of feeding disorders in almost 60% of the affected children with subsequent undernutrition reported in up to 46% of the subjects. Since undernutrition may have a detrimental impact on physical and cognitive development, the introduction of an adequate nutritional support should always be considered in children with neurological impairment. The aim of the present review is to provide a practical guide to the assessment of nutritional status in children with CP, in order to identify individuals at risk for malnutrition that need the introduction of an adequate and personalized nutritional support. This review summarizes the methods for the evaluation of oral-motor function, anthropometric parameters, body composition and energy balance in children with CP. Moreover, we reviewed the indications for the introduction of nutritional support, and the suggested modalities of intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-770
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017


  • Anthropometry
  • Body Composition
  • Cerebral Palsy/diet therapy
  • Diet
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Enteral Nutrition
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutritional Status


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